Mimi Plange’s claiming The Democratization of Luxury
Influenced by her African heritage and guided by the principle she refers to as The Democratization of Luxury, the artist and fashion designer Mimi Plange creates clothes inspired by the modern American luxury sportswear tradition.
According to the critics of the fashion industry, the unfashion mood moments take place in edgy leather pieces and jackets you can call a statement. Mimi herself said on the brand's Gram:
"We don’t stay within the lines."
The refurbished and recycled collection, which was inspired by “traditional Nuba body painting contrasted with vintage British punk,” is made mostly of leather, hand-painted and embellished with references to traditional African body adornment, something Mimi has incorporated in previous work.
The Ghanaian-born designer often brings to her pieces the limitless source of inspiration of her African roots. She's always seeking out the unusual and the lyrical found in African traditions, landscapes, and lore, and reinterpreting these themes in the brand's clothes.
The contrast between the colors and materials in the eye-catching pieces is a perfect match for Grace Jones' references on beauty and style.
With a style and vision that is all her own, Plange has no interest in conforming – and she doesn’t have to. She is not at all interested in a seat at the table she built for herself.
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